Cheney, KS – February 7, 2019 – Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams (KAWS) is pleased to announce it has hired Watershed Coordinators for the Middle Kansas River Watershed, the Lower Kansas River Watershed, and the Milford Lake Watershed, as well as an Assistant Director for the organization. These full time positions are full-time employees of KAWS, an operational change made as part of the KAWS 2018 Strategic Plan.
“Over the last year, we’ve focused our efforts on redefining and clarifying the direction of our organization. We’re growing, and we’re adapting – to further develop our programs, sustain a culture of quality service, and better serve our partners. I’m looking forward to supporting conservation efforts in Kansas with our growing team,” says Jessica Mounts, Executive Director for KAWS.
As the Assistant Director for KAWS, Libby Albers brings her broad experience in project management, grant writing, and developing collaborative partnerships. Prior to joining KAWS, Libby has two decades of experience, certifications, and advanced education in natural resources and communication-related fields. Libby holds Masters degrees from both Emporia State University and Stephen F. Austin State University.
Libby calls Newton, KS home and is actively engaged in her community. She has served on several non profit and community organization boards, and is excited to bring her experience to the mission of KAWS.
Megan Rush joins KAWS as the coordinator for both the Lower Kansas and the Middle Kansas Watersheds. “My awareness of water protection started when I was volunteering for the Baker Wetlands and educating the community of the importance of Kansas wetlands. Soon after, I volunteered for a summer with Friends of the KAW to do water sampling for tributaries along the Kansas River,” says Ms. Rush.
Megan has a degree in Environmental Science from KU and is currently pursuing a Masters in Environmental Assessment at KU as well. Prior to working in water and the environment, Megan spent 15 years in animal sciences as a Certified Veterinary Technician.
Adam Bauer, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, has been hired as the Watershed Coordinator for the Milford Lake Watershed. Most recently, Adam worked for Pheasants Forever in partnership with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism assisting tenant farmers on the wildlife area and help to promote sustainable farming practices by using cover crops in crop rotations.
Adam brings his expertise in private land management, ArcGIS and Google Earth to the KAWS team.